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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Logging truck strikes, kills teen

  • The Bastrop Police Department received a phone call at 7:24 a.m. on Tuesday, informing them that a man had just been struck by a 18-wheeler tractor trailer log truck while he was walking across West Madison Avenue, near Shamrock gas station
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  • The Bastrop Police Department received a phone call at 7:24 a.m. on Tuesday, informing them that a man had just been struck by a 18-wheeler tractor trailer log truck while he was walking across West Madison Avenue, near Shamrock gas station and Morehouse Jr. High. Authorities say 18-year-old Joseph Sanders, of Bastrop, was pronounced dead on the scene when they arrived and discovered he’d walked into the trailer of a passing truck. “This was not a hit-and-run,” said chief Downey Black. “We suspect the young man was distracted and walked into the middle or back part of the trailer..” Captain Steve Rawls with the BPD said one witness claimed to have seen the victim when he made contact with the trailer. “The victim’s back was to the witness so it is unknown exactly what distracted him,” Rawls said. “We do know that he wasn’t hit by the front of the truck.” Rawls said the driver of the 18-wheeler probably “didn’t realize” that his trailer had struck the teenager. “The driver didn’t stop because he had no knowledge that he’d hit someone,” he said. Black said a Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s deputy pulled over an 18-wheeler which was suspected of being the one involved in the accident, later on Hwy. 425 near Log Cabin. “It matched the description that witnesses had given,” Black said. “It was a log truck, carrying no logs.” Black said the driver was asked to go back to the scene of the accident where he was then questioned by BPD investigators. After concluding the driver was not at fault, he was allowed to leave. Rawls said it is still uncertain if the 18-wheeler that returned to the scene is the one that was involved in the incident. “We still can’t say for sure if that was the truck,” Rawls said. “This is still under investigation.”
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